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Another epic class (third in a row)

I arrived at the studio last night to see there were two adult men ready to try class. One was out of shape. He was heavy and soft. The other guy was thin and looked to be in better shape.

When adult men try taekwondo, Grandmaster has a system to see if they can be taught, of if their ego will prevent them.

This system is to push the entire class almost to the point of passing out and then keeping them right at that point for the remainder of the class.

Princess Narrowass had been all tough guy before the class. When I introduced myself he didn't bother to share his name.

RegularJoe was eager, humble and polite.

Princess Narrowass didn't last 15 minutes. Worse, when Grandmaster asked him to stay in the studio, he went in the waiting area. Grandmaster asked him to return to class and he refused and stayed in the waiting area. Grandmaster then sent someone to ask him to leave. Glad I didn't waste time on him.

RegularJoe? He stayed for the whole class. He didn't finish every exercis. Few did, including the children blackbelts. Finishing wasn't the point, the point was getting to the edge and pushing it back further, wherever the edge was for that individual.

This guy we can teach. I talked to him afterwards and told him the secret - show up and do as much as you can.

Me? Heh, I kept up with the other two higher ranking students who are 18 and 24.

I think, as much as I am worried about whether my feet can handle it, I need to start doing roadwork.


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Jun. 15th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
If by "roadwork" you mean running/exercise on roads, you might contemplate getting some Vibram Five-Fingers. I had a patient with chronic foot pain caused by daily running have that pain go away pretty much entirely after he started running in a pair of these, and my companion is way less sore after a weekend of running around in the woods LARPing in them.
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
The foot issues are due to running in the studio. We're constantly cornering. We always start running to the left and we end up cornering more to the left than to the right. I ended up with plantar fascitis on the right and some seperate issues on the left.

I retrained how I cornered to avoid making them worse.

Generally we run barefoot so the 5 fingers won't help there.

As far as running outside... I've tried the 5 fingers on before. My feet don't match and all of my digits (hands and feet) are nonstandard (check out my thumbs the next time you see me.

Because of that, I can't get the 5 fingers to fit. I am however working on a running moccasin pattern that will make me run better instead of the heel pounding running sneaks.
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
If the intent is to get some cardio in to increase endurance, is there something besides running you can do that would be less stressful on your feet? Maybe cycling or some sort of stationary gym equipment like an elliptical?

Alternately, maybe one of the high school tracks is made of that rubbery materials that has a little give to it, which might treat your feet more nicely.
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
I've tried a nice high school track, it's what I used before Korea and was about the time the whole problem started. I need to change my gait and get "barefoot" footwear.

The best solution is to get up tp 100% with the unicycle, but I'm a few weeks away from that still.
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